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Fantasy Football Daily Notes: Melvin Gordon III to carry load, Jonathan Taylor won't play Thursday

Melvin Gordon III will be thrust into the starting role after sharing carries with Javonte Williams since last season. Williams is out for the year with a torn ACL. Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

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The news: Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten told reporters Melvin Gordon III would "carry the load obviously" with Javonte Williams out for the season.

What it means in fantasy: Gordon seemed destined for the doghouse after the Raiders converted his fumble into a decisive touchdown in Sunday's loss. Gordon has fumbled four times in 2022, which is the most among non-QBs. As a result of Javonte Williams' season-ending knee injury, Gordon is now in a position to play a significant role. He was limited in practice Tuesday with a neck injury. Coach Nathaniel Hackett said he'll have an opportunity to prove himself without Williams. Additionally, Mike Boone's role is expected to expand considerably in the future.


The news: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor did not practice on Tuesday and was wearing a boot. He has now been ruled out from Thursday Night's game

What it means in fantasy: Taylor wanted to play on Thursday night against the Broncos, but has been ruled out because of an ankle injury. Nyheim Hines will get the additional work. The Colts may also elevate former Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay from the practice squad.

Going deeper: Hines, primarily known in fantasy circles as a pass-catcher, is certainly capable of playing on all three downs. He has had 10-plus touches in 20 career games and has averaged 14.5 fantasy points.


The news: Ravens RB Gus Edwards is set to return in the very near future.

What it means in fantasy: Edwards started the 2022 season on the PUP list. Coach John Harbaugh revealed Edwards will practice this week after being asked about his availability going forward. Last year, he tore an ACL before the season began, and he will have three weeks to prove he's healthy. It is most likely that the Ravens will bring Edwards along like they did with J.K. Dobbins. Once Edwards is up to speed, expect a confusing and frustrating committee backfield. Now might be a good time to trade away Dobbins.


The news: Chargers WR Keenan Allen is still being viewed as "day to day" with a hamstring injury.

What it means in fantasy: The Chargers have been dealing with some of the worst injury luck in the league. It makes sense that Los Angeles is being cautious with the veteran receiver. The hope heading into Week 4 was that Allen would return, and it appeared that he was on track to do so. He aggravated his hamstring injury during practice, however, and was ruled out of Sunday's game. Allen could suit up against the Browns with a "limited" day Wednesday, but it's wise to monitor the situation. If Allen is inactive, Mike Williams, DeAndre Carter and Joshua Palmer would see additional targets.

Going deeper: In last week's game against the Texans, Carter played 49 snaps and ran 32 routes, while Palmer played 39 snaps and ran 24 routes. Palmer had one target compared to Carter's three. This is something to consider if you are looking at Palmer for a potential streamer in Week 5.


The news: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can't yet grip the football well enough to play.

What it means in fantasy: Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones confirmed this on the Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday afternoon the Cowboys want him to prepare for a full week before returning to the field. Cooper Rush will continue to fill in until Prescott takes first-team snaps and fully participates in practice. Rush has thrown for 637 yards with a completion rate of 61.8%, four touchdowns, zero turnovers, and a 100.1 quarterback rating in three starts. The Cowboys don't need to rush (no pun intended) Prescott back. When Russell Wilson was with the Seahawks last season, he suffered a similar injury and struggled after returning quickly.


The news: WR Andy Isabella was waived by the Cardinals.

What it means in fantasy: Isabella's roster spot was filled by former Raiders practice squad offensive lineman Billy Price. Isabella was a second-round pick in 2019, two picks ahead of DK Metcalf and four picks before Diontae Johnson, but never really contributed to the team. In his first two seasons, Isabella caught 30 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, he caught just one pass for 13 yards in eight games. This season, he had two catches for 21 yards. It's likely Isabella will draw some attention. You shouldn't be surprised if the Bears or Giants pick him up.


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